Clare Bird Sightings

September 2010

Thursday 30th September 2010
There were 50 Bar-tailed Godwits at Seafield, Quilty.
Bar-tailed Godwit © John N Murphy
Wednesday 29th September 2010
One Jay was just south of Corofin.
A flock of 250 Wigeon were at Lough Murree.
Tuesday 28th September 2010
The Black Tern was back at Lough Atedaun along with one female Hen Harrier.
A flock of 106 Black-tailed Godwit were at Ballyallia.
Monday 27th September 2010
A flock of 50 Snipe were at Lough George this morning.
A small group of 16 Black-tailed Godwits were at Lough Gash along with one Peregrine.
Another flock of 52 Black-tailed Godwit were at Ballyallia.
Sunday 26th September 2010
One Pink-footed Goose was near Kilcredaun Marsh.
A Snow Bunting and two Lapland Buntings were at the Bridges of Ross.
One Willow Warbler was at Kilbaha.
One Spotted Redshank, nine Little Egrets and 300 Teal were at Moyasta.
Pink-footed Goose near Kilcredaun © John N Murphy
Saturday 25th September 2010
The Blue-winged Teal was still at the Shannon Airport Lagoon (John N Murphy), along with 25 Shoveler, six Gadwall, 140 Teal, 1,200 Black-tailed Godwits, 120 Golden Plover, four Little Egrets and five Water Rails.
One Pectoral Sandpiper was at lough Atedaun. 
There were 32 Bar-tailed Godwits and four White Wagtails at Quilty Beach.
There were three Little Egrets at Moyasta.
One Little Egret was at Doonbeg.
Two Chough were at Lough Donnell.
Friday 24th September 2010
One Green Sandpiper was a near Querrin Point with two Little Egrets were at Querrin Creek.
Thursday 23rd September 2010
The Black Tern was back at Lough Atedaun.
At the Bridges of Ross there was one immature Sabine’s Gull, six Arctic Skuas and four Grey Phalaropes.
One Pink-footed Goose was near Kilcredaun Marsh.
On Loop Head there were three Wheatears, five Chough, one Merlin, one Peregrine and 18 Rock Doves.
There was one Green Sandpiper and one Common Sandpiper at Clarecastle Quay.
Wednesday 22nd September 2010
There was a drake Eider off Aughinish Island this afternoon along with 40 Black Guillemots and three Sandwich Terns.
Along the shore near Aughinish were two Wheatears and ten Little Egrets. 
There was a flock of 18 Chough at Baltard Bay, Doonbeg.
Two Little Egrets were at Querrin.
Tuesday 21st September 2010
The juvenile Black Tern was still at Lough Atedaun.
One Green Sandpiper and a Kingfisher were at Moyasta.
Sunday 19th September 2010
Six Lapland Buntings were in Kilbaha village.
Saturday 18th September 2010
The Buff-breasted Sandpiper was at Loop Head again today (Finbarr MacGabhann).
Also on the Loop Head peninsula were nine Lapland Buntings and one Snow Bunting.
Off the Bridges of Ross there were six Bonxies, three Arctic Skuas, five Common Scoter and a Whimbrel.
A single Roseate Tern was on the beach at Kilkee.
Two Curlew Sandpipers and a Kingfisher were at Blackweir Bridge.
There were seven Little Egrets were at Poulnasherry Bay.
Friday 17th September 2010
One immature Blue-winged Teal was at the Shannon Airport Lagoon this afternoon (John N Murphy) and two Garganey, 12 Little Egrets, eight Gadwall, seven Water Rails and one Peregrine.
Ten Lapland Buntings and five Snow Buntings were on Loop Head. 
One Black Tern was Lough Atedaun.
One Arctic Skua, one Curlew Sandpiper and eight Chough were at Doonbeg.
Snow Bunting at Loop Head © James Hayes
Thursday 16th September 2010
The Buff-breasted Sandpiper was back on Loop Head with 12 Golden Plover (Howard Williams).
Three Sabine’s Gulls and a Black Tern were at the Bridges of Ross.
Four Pink-footed Geese flew over Kilbaha, while eight Lapland Buntings were found up the headland.
Two Lapland Buntings were at Poulnadsherry Bay.
One Lapland Bunting and five Wheatears were at Lough Donnell.
Buff-breasted Sandpiper with Golden Plover at Loop Head © Howard Williams
Lapland Bunting at Lough Donnlell © Dave McNamara
Wednesday 15th September 2010
At the Bridges of Ross today there was one Balearic Shearwater, 20 Sooty Shearwaters, 1,000 Manx Shearwaters, 13 Leach’s Petrels, four Storm Petrels, five Pomarine Skuas, 46 Arctic Skuas, 36 Bonxies, five Sabine’s Gulls, 134 Arctic Terns, one Common Tern, 19 Sandwich Terns, 45 Grey Phalaropes, 27 Common Scoter, 10 Red-throated Divers, one Great Northern Diver, one Puffin, five Wigeon, three Teal and 17 Brent Geese.
Off the Blue Pools near Kilkee there were four Bonxies, one Pomarine Skua, one Arctic Skua, one Leach’s Petrel, two juvenile Sabine’s Gulls, ten Arctic Terns, one Red-throated Diver and 31 Grey Phalaropes.
Knot landing on rocks at the Bridges of Ross © John N Murphy
Tuesday 14th September 2010
At the Bridges of Ross today there was one Wilson’s Storm Petrel (John N Murphy et al), 180 plus Leach’s Petrels, 24 Storm Petrels, 130 plus Sooty Shearwaters, one Balearic Shearwater, 1,500 Manx Shearwaters, one adult Long-tailed Skua (Niall T Keogh), 44 Arctic Skuas, 11 Pomarine Skuas, 93 Bonxies, 37 Sabine’s Gulls, 420 Arctic Terns, one Common Tern, one juvenile Black Tern, 34 Sandwich Terns, one juvenile Little Gull, 40 Grey Phalaropes, eight Common Scoter, 14 Red-throated Divers, two Puffins, 13 Whimbrel and one Sunfish.
There were 14 Lapland Buntings at the Fodry, Loop Head.
Off the Blue Pools, Kilkee today there were ten juvenile Sabine’s Gulls, three Arctic Skuas, one Bonxie, one Red-throated Diver, one Grey Phalarope and 20 Arctic Terns.
Arctic Skuas off the Bridges of Ross © John N Murphy
Distant shots of Leach’s Petrels off the Bridges of Ross © John N Murphy 
Bonxie with Arctic Terns passing the Bridges of Ross © John N Murphy
Monday 13th September 2010
At the Bridges of Ross today there were 27 Bonxies, one Balearic Shearwater, 86 Sooty Shearwaters, 152 Manx Shearwaters, two Pomarine Skuas, four Arctic Skuas, four Leach’s Petrels, 39 Storm Petrels, four Common Scoter, and one Merlin.  There was a Sabine’s Gull and one Fin Whale off Loop Head.
There were three Curlew Sandpipers, two Ruff, a female Hen Harrier and ten Little Egrets at the Shannon Airport Lagoon.
Sunday 12th September 2010
There was a juvenile Blue-winged Teal at the Shannon Airport Lagoon (Owen Foley).
At the Bridges of Ross today there were three Sabine’s Gulls, 45 Bonxies, nine Arctic Skuas, 13 Leach’s Petrels, 3 Storm Petrels, 36 Sooty Shearwaters, 84 Manx Shearwaters, 16 Arctic Terns, 188 Sandwich Terns and six Red-throated Divers.
Saturday 11th September 2010
A Buff-breasted Sandpiper was at the tip of Loop Head (Owen Foley).
At the Bridges of Ross there were two Wilson’s Petrels (Owen Foley), one Pectoral Sandpiper, 170 Leach’s Petrels, six Storm Petrels, one Great Shearwater, 80 Sooty Shearwaters, 80 Bonxies, 45 Arctic Skuas, four Pomarine Skuas, six Sabine’s Gulls, one Little Gull, 20 Black terns, sic Arctic Terns, 35 Grey Phalaropes, two Red-throated Divers and eight Lapland Buntings.
Three Lapland Buntings were near Kilcredaun Marsh.
There were 16 Curlew Sandpipers and one Peregrine at the Shannon Airport Lagoon.
Three Curlew Sandpipers were at Seafield, Quilty.
One Kingfisher was at Lough Inchiquin.
Bonxie at Bridges of Ross © John N Murphy
Black Tern far out at sea off the Bridges of Ross © John N Murphy
Red-throated Divers flying past the Bridges of Ross © John N Murphy
Friday 10th September 2010
There were 15 Curlew Sandpipers at the Shannon Airport Lagoon along with 20 Ruff, 50 Knot, 1,000 Black-tailed Godwits, 300 Dunlin, nine Grey Plover, five Little Egrets, three Water Rails and one female Hen Harrier.
Wednesday 8th September 2010
A juvenile Black Tern was at Lough Atedaun.
One Spotted Redshank and a Little Egret were at Clenagh Bay, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
One Common Sandpiper was at Clahane.
Black Tern on the southern shore of Lough Atedaun © Dave McNamara
Common Sandpiper on the rocky beach at Clahane © Dave McNamara
Tuesday 7th September 2010
There were three Grey Phalaropes, seven Arctic Skuas, four Bonxies, four Common Scoters, eight Arctic Terns and three Sandwich Terns off the Bridges of Ross.
Five Lapland Buntings, one Spotted Flycatcher, one Willow Warbler, one Peregrine , one female Hen Harrier, 15 Wheatears and ten Chough were at Loop Head.
A young male Sparrowhawk at Kilbaha © John N Murphy
Monday 6th September 2010
One Glossy Ibis was at the Shannon Airport Lagoon (John N Murphy & Brian Finnegan), along with one Wood Sandpiper, two Ruff, 50 Knot, 1,800 Black-tailed Godwits, three Water Rails, 14 Little Egrets and three Wheatears.
The Spoonbill was back in the Shannon Airport Lagoon late this evening (James Hayes, Clodagh Glasgow and Sinead Glasgow).
There were 14 Curlew Sandpipers and a Little Egret at Lough Donnell.
One Common Sandpiper was at Clahane.
Curlew Sandpipers with Dunlin at Lough Donnell © Jeff Copner
Sunday 5th September 2010
The Glossy Ibis is showing well this morning at Lough Atedaun (Dave McNamara & Frank O’Duffy).
A Loop Head there was one Turtle Dove, one Pied Flycatcher, one male and one female Blackcap, three Spotted Flycatchers and a Willow Warbler.
One Lapland  Bunting was at the tip of Loop Head.
There are large numbers of Swallows building up on wires in preparation for migration.
Glossy Ibis at Lough Atedaun in flight showing no leg rings © Frank O’Duffy
A young Swallow chick flys low over water to snatch a drink © John N Murphy
Saturday 4th September 2010
A juvenile Red-breasted Flycatcher was an early record and proved elusive at Gibson’s Garden, Loop Head (John N Murphy & Finbarr MacGabhann).
Also at Loop Head was one Pied Flycatcher, five Spotted Flycatchers, one juvenile Turtle Dove, three Lapland Buntings, 22 Rock Doves, three Chough, one Chiffchaff, one Willow Warbler and a Minke Whale was seen off the tip of Loop Head.
The American Golden Plover was at Moyasta (John N Murphy & Finbarr MacGabhann), along with one Spotted Redshank, one Kingfisher and 12 Little Egrets.
Lapland Buntings at Loop Head © John N Murphy
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Juvenile Turtle Dove in flight at Loop Head © John N Murphy
Friday 3rd September 2010
Two Glossy Ibises were at the Shannon Airport Lagoon this morning (John N Murphy), along with four Ruff, one female Hen Harrier, one juvenile Peregrine, 3,500 Black-tailed Godwits of which three were colour banded, 60 Wigeon, 300 Teal, ten Shoveler, four Gadwall, 26 Little Egrets and four Water Rails.
There was a Glossy Ibis in Lough Atedaun this evening (Dave McNamara).
The American Golden Plover and Spotted Redshank were still at Moyasta (Dave McNamara).
One Pied Flycather and ten Spotted Flycatchers were in gardens Loop Head.
At the tip of Loop Head there was 11 Lapland Buntings.
One juvenile Curlew Sandpiper was at Seafield.
A male Ruff and a female Hen Harrier were at Lough Donnell.
Two Little Egrets were at Ballycorrick Bridge.
Glossy Ibis at Lough Atedaun © Dave McNamara
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Female hen Harrier hunting the reedbeds at Shannon Airport Lagoon © John N Murphy
Pied Flycatcher at Kilbaha © Dave McNamara
Spotted Flycatcher at Kilbaha one of ten © Dave McNamara
Thursday 2nd  September 2010
The American Golden Plover was still at Moyasta along with a Spotted Redshank (Howard Willians & Chris Cullen).
At Loop Head there were six Spotted Flycatchers.
One Grey Phalarope, a Peregrine, one Hen Harrier and six Wheatears were at the Bridges of Ross.
One Curlew Sandpiper, 20 Dunlin, 20 Sanderling and 30 Bar-tailed Godwits were between Seafield and Quilty Beach.
One Ruff and seven Wheatears were at Lough Donnell.
American Golden Plover at Moyasta © Howard Williams
Wednesday 1st September 2010
The American Golden Plover, three Curlew Sandpipers and nine Little Egrets were at Moyasta (James Hayes & John N Murphy).
A Marsh Harrier flew in off the sea at the Bridges of Ross, while 15 Lapland Bunting and and one Spotted Flycatcher were around the Lighthouse at Loop Head.
Two more Lapland Buntings were on the road to Cloghaun  Lough east of Kilbaha.
Four Spotted Flycatchers were in the gardens of Kilbaha and a White Wagtail was in the pond in the harbour.
One Green Sandpiper was at the Claureen river attenuation Pond.
Three Curlew Sandpipers were at Lough Donnell.
There were 18 Knot and a Peregrine at Quilty Beach.
Two Whimbrel were at Rinneville beach.
There were 40 juvenile Black-tailed Godwits, 34 Curlew and three Little Egrets at Ballycorrick Bridge.
Lapland Bunting one of four at the tip of Loop Head this morning © John N Murphy
Spotted Flycatcher on the Lighthouse Wall at Loop Head © John N Murphy
Juvenile Black-tailed Godwits at Ballycorrick Bridge this evening © John N Murphy

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